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I need some experiences/opinions on the following: On a new 50 gal, 36x18x18, I will be setting up I wanted to use only a 96W ah kit as my light source. You think that will suffice? I could add a std 30W flourescent strip to it, but I don't want a second 96W, as I don't want the worries that would come with 4 wpg! TIA.
 

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Hi,
96W of cf lighting with MIRO reflector (from AH Supply) should be enough for
most plants: this is more than 2.5W per gallon of NO fluorescent lighting. The
only problem would be perhaps the light not reaching all 4 corners. If you
wanted no-doubt adequate lighting go with two 55W cfs instead. This would
give light all the way across the tank with no dim spots. YMMV, always, ;-)

Bill
 

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Bill, I had thought about the 2 X 55W, but won't that leave a central area not quite as lit as the rest?

Don't really want to go the mh way, budget and other considerations.
 

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Bert, if you use the MIRO reflector (I think it is 31") you won't be able to
discern any dead spot in the middle and will give you uniform lighting the full
3 feet of your tank as opposed to the 96W which will be very bright in the middle 2 feet and less on either end. You won't be disappointed with the
results, I assure you. Plus Kim is nice people to deal with, too! ;-)

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Bert, the most cost-effective would be a 96W kit and upgrade to the 31"
reflector: the drop-off of light on either end wouldn't be that much. That
would give you enough light to grow just about anything, and only using one
bulb to do it ;-)

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Personally, I would not even go with the highly focused AH Supply kits in this shorter, wider tank. In a 55, a 96w bulb worked fine only because of the extra height and narrow width -- not so with the 50g.

I would go with 5x32w T8 bulbs with an Aquamirror reflector. A combination of 3 ultrasuns (CRI 98) and florasuns (pinkish bulb) will provide very high quality, even lighting without the harshness of the PCs.

The bulbs are cheaper, too. They run about 10-12$ each for the 3 foot long ones.

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I would go with 5x32w T8 bulbs with an Aquamirror reflector. A combination of 3 ultrasuns (CRI 98) and florasuns (pinkish bulb) will provide very high quality, even lighting without the harshness of the PCs.
True, Carlos, but this would easily be 3 times the cost, if not more.

Bill
 
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